3303 - Advanced Lumbar Stabilization Applying the Burdenko Method

Advanced / 8-hour Workshop


Faculty: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS


Participants should have basic knowledge of aquatic principles and anatomy, however no prior experience of the Burdenko method required.



This course will introduce the basic principles of the Burdenko Method with the focus on lumbar stabilization exercises. Progression of exercise from rehabilitation to post-rehab conditioning to sport-training level will be presented. The unique combination of land and water exercises in this course will provide the attendee with the information needed to progress individuals from rehabilitation to conditioning to training. This course will present a brief review of the functional anatomy related to lumbar spine with the majority of the time spent on specific exercises.



1.     Determine primary muscles that play a role in lumbar stabilization.

2.     Examine the 6 qualities of movement addressed in the Burdenko Method.

3.     Distinguish between local and global muscle function and control.

4.     Explore appropriate-level land and water exercises for clients.

5.     Determine equipment to facilitate or challenge pool stabilization exercise.

6.     Cue client in activation of local deep spine stabilizing muscles.

7.     Instruct client through levels of spinal stabilization aquatic exercise.


FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, is a licensed physical therapist with over 18 years of experience in orthopedic and aquatic therapy.


As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (www.waterpt.com), she continues with hands-on clinical care in addition to her role as educator. Since graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1991, Beth has belonged to the American Physical Therapy Association and has achieved certification as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In January 2006, she graduated from Boston University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Additional certifications include Certified STOTT Pilates™ instructor and Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method.


Beth not only provides continuing education for health care professionals, she is an adjunct faculty in the San Diego Mesa College PTA program, teaching Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Introduction to Pathology courses. She also provides the learning module/instruction on aquatic therapy to the University of St. Augustine San Diego Campus DPT program.